by Bob Kennemer
CUCHARA — Although the CSWD board is once again complete, with all seats now filled, it should be noted that all board seats are open for the upcoming election in May. Rarely does a clean slate like this occur, but with several recent board resignations that is the situation.
On May 8, the CSWD will tentatively hold an election to appoint a board. However, if the entire board decides to stay on, no election will be held, as all seats will be filled, but only if no one else decides to run. Any new candidates for office must register by March 2. To be eligible to run candidates must either own property within the water district or reside within the district. If by close of business on March 6, no submissions are received, the election will be canceled.
To this end the CSWD board passed Resolution #2018-02, which designates the district’s administrative secretary, Leslie Cordova, as the district’s election official. She will be assisted by Peggy Rupp, a paralegal from the district’s legal firm, Collins, Cockrel, and Cole. There are three seats open for four year terms and two seats open for two year terms. The low vote getters get the two year seats. Citizens can self-nominate.
Prior to this, the board passed Resolution #2018-01, which designated the sites where district board meetings for 2018 will be posted. Those locations will be: 1) the CSWD offices, 2) the Cuchara Country Store, 3) the front door of the Cuchara Community Center and 4) in the county courthouse. As of January 12, no one has signed up to sit on the district’s citizen advisory committee. The board has been advertising and promoting public participation via this committee for several weeks to no avail. To serve on the committee, one must either own property or reside in the district. The water district board would like to see a variety of citizens on this committee, to include business owners, as well as general community members.
In other business the board heard that: • Another water district in northern Colorado had donated an $8,000 dishwasher, which will be used in the district’s lab to wash glassware. • All January samples for water and wastewater are complete and within state limits. • District worker Russell Keeling will be cutting his hours back to three days per week. The district will be hiring a replacement to train with Keeling until he retires.